We can only hope GenConOz will return in 2011 (and urge you to support whatever event or association you can – keep Australia geeking!).
I would not take my nine year old nephew to see Kick Ass (though there were plenty of pre-teens in the theatre with their parents that day) as I would not take him to see any MA rated film without first researching the content.
OECD data from the past ten years shows an upward trend in Australia of completion of tertiary education across the population – it seems we are following in the United States’ steps in making university the next logical progression from high school. From an employment point of view it seems that those with trades are better equipped to enter the workforce upon finishing their training compared with their tertiary-educated counterparts.